Ways to Use Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree, also known as Melaleuca oil, is a powerful essential oil that possesses over 92 different compounds. 

This popular oil comes from the Melaleuca plant, typically found in Australia. The oil is produced through the process of steam distillation where steam and pressure are used to release chemical components from the plant—pulling out the essential oil from the aromatic leaves.

Chemical Components 

The chemical makeup of tea tree oil proves why the oil is so useful topically for cleansing and aromatically for uplifting purposes.
The main chemical constituents of Melaleuca are terpinen-4-ol, gamma-terpinene, and alpha-terpinene. Terpinen-4-ol is a monoterpenoid alcohol, and gives tea tree oil its toning or harmonizing aromatic characteristics. Gamma-terpinene and alpha-terpinene are monoterpenes, which are known to be uplifting when diffused.

Benefits of Tea Tree Oil


Purifies Air and Surfaces in Your Home

Diffusing tea tree oil benefits the air in your home because it purifies and and freshens as it disperses. And the same purifying properties can also be very helpful for cleaning surfaces throughout the home without any chemicals. It’s also a good choice for your home because of its ability to protect against environmental and seasonal threats.  

To use: add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces as a cleansing and purifying agent. 

Bonus use: add two drops of lemon, two drops of eucalyptus, one drop of tea tree oil, and one drop of peppermint to your diffuser for a rejuvenating diffuser bend that will cleanse the air and awaken your senses. 

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Soothes Skin Irritation

Melaleuca oil has been shown to be effective in promoting healthy skin (source). The cooling effects of this oil are perfect for relieving skin irritation and soothing the skin. 

To use: combine 1-2 drops with fractionated coconut oil and apply to the affected area.

For Hair Care

One common use of tea tree oil is for haircare. Many people use it because of its topical cleansing, rejuvenating, and purifying properties. Unlike chemical-ridden haircare products, it offers a soft, gentle element to any haircare routine.

To use: check out this DIY Hair Detangler

For Skin Care

Tea tree oil as a skin cleanser and toner was first discovered by the ancient Aboriginal peoples of Australia. Today many people continue to use it for skin because of the purifying and toning properties. Making melaleuca oil a part of your daily skin routine will help keep your skin clean, toned, with a healthy appearance.

To use: combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser for added cleansing properties.

Oils that Blend Well with Tea Tree Oil

Because it has an herbaceous, green aroma, it blends well with other invigorating and refreshing essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, or lemon. When you want a fresh, green, revitalizing diffuser blend, make sure to add tea tree oil to the mix. 

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    Leann Forst, MBA, CHC, CEOC — Holistic Health Practitioner

    Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach. She holds a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Leann is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

    Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

    As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations. Leann’s goal is to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t

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